Former secondary school teacher John became embroiled in what Scotland Yard call ‘the biggest art fraud of the 20th century’. His legendary story has featured on BBC One's Fake or Fortune and inspired an upcoming feature film.
Between 1986 and 1994, John faked as many as 200 works by artists like Marc Chagall and Alberto Giacometti, fooling collectors and experts alike. He was persuaded to pick up his brush again by the detective who arrested him.
In recent years, he has emulated the style of legendary artists Leonardo da Vinci and Vincent van Gogh. Comparing himself to an actor immersing himself in a role, he says he climbs into the mind of his chosen artist to adopt, rather than copy, their technique.
In an interview with the Guardian newspaper, John explained: “I try to get the artist’s work to hypnotise me. I also surround myself with lots of books. I like to know everything…where he was, what he was doing…when he was painting.”
The Spring 2019 issue of Fine Art Collector is brimming with insights and news from the art world, as well as all of your favourite artists.
This issue is brimming with insights and news from the art world, as well as all of your favourite artists.
© Copyright Washington Green Retail Limited trading as Castle Fine Art. First published 2012, last updated 2020. Washington Green Retail Limited acts as a credit broker and offers credit products from Secure Trust Bank PLC trading as V12 Retail Finance.
Washington Green Retail Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Our registration number is 726395. Credit provided subject to age and status. Terms & Conditions Privacy Cookies V12 Finance